Samos is a Greek island in the beautiful warm waters of the Aegean Sea. On this island you will discover the beauty of the Castle of Lykourgos Logothetis – a 19th century structure and a fortress which has great significance to the islanders here.
It is the perfectly designed castle that shows just how dynamic its architecture is for repelling invading forces. When built, it used the remnants of many different ancient ruins and archaeological monuments.
Lykourgos Logothetis was a Greek rebel leader whose enemy was the often invading Turks. The castle was named after him and became the headquarters of the revolution against the Turks during the 19th century. The castle played an active role in defending against the Turks.
To find the castle you will need to go to the Port of Pythagorion – look north and east from her and you will see it up on the hill. The castle itself is some 400 metres long. The hill where the castle is situated was once the place where one of the oldest acropolis stood anywhere on the island of Samos.
Archaeologists who have looked around the hill for artefacts have found several items of prehistoric interest. Right next to the castle there is a church, built in 1824, which was constructed after the rebellious revolutionaries had beaten off the Turks in an earlier battle.
On August 6 every year the church celebrates the ceremonies of the Transfiguration of the Christ. During the construction of the castle in 1822, the war was going rather well. The War of Independence in 1821 had shown success for the Samians – and the castle is a standing relic of what was a turbulent time of war and resistance in the Aegean Sea.
If you are planning on visiting the castle, you can do so between 9 a.m. until dusk everyday (except Mondays when it’s closed). Visitors wishing to stay near to the castle can spend their holiday at the nearby Doryssa Seaside Resort. There is a small car park at the foot of the hill where the castle is and then you will have to take a short walk (but beware it is steeply uphill in places) after which you can then reach the castle ruins.
If you take a walk around the castle ruins and open yards you will notice some old Roman ruins in there. There are two galleries which were active during the Roman Imperial era and the ruins of the churches date back to the times of the Christian epoch.